Family’s handmade tiger toys

Share This Post

Zhao Guilan, 82, is making cloth toy tigers during the Spring Festival of the Year of the Tiger in Xibeichang Village, east China’s Shandong Province. Inspired by her mother, she has been in love with the traditional craft since childhood.

With her unique skills in making tigers by hand, Zhao, together with her husband, raised three children, using the money to start a family. Today Zhao is still pursuing her handicraft into her 80s.

Over the years, Zhao has always insisted on selling her sewn works at local markets. With changes in aesthetic tastes, she is also making changes to her handicrafts. “Today’s cloth is more colorful. Both the color and the shape of the tiger are much better than those in the past,” Zhao said.

In the local area, if a baby is born, grandparents will give the baby a toy tiger as a blessing. All toy tigers made by families in the village look brave and cute, despite slight differences.

The toy tigers made by Zhao have become more well crafted with experience, and her works have won awards in various competitions. In 2020, she was recognized as the inheritor of county-level intangible cultural heritage.

For Zhao, making toy tigers from cloth is not just a way to make a living, but a way to carry on local culture. Zhao said she hopes everyone can cherish the intangible cultural heritage of cloth toy tigers.


Related Posts

Starry nights on stage

From popular children's choir to Peking Opera, cultural carnival promises a surge of nostalgia as the People's Republic of China celebrates its anniversary.

Upcoming documentary show presents a rich 'Bouquet' of Chinese civilization

Within just five minutes, the extent and scope of Chinese culture is given a vivid presentation in China Bouquet, a bilingual documentary which will be for viewing on several online platforms.

Tasty tradition is sweet success for culture

Seen from afar, they are decorative polychromatic flowers, placed front and center at dining tables to feast the eyes.

High tech and art merge in Nanjing exhibition

The ongoing exhibition In the Line of Flight, for Possible Worlds at Deji Art Museum in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, has attracted lots of visitors by offering them a cool experience by mixing art and technology.

​Exhibition reviews development of ancient Chinese paintings

Editor's note: A collection of more than 1,700 copies of Chinese paintings and related calligraphy works from the Han Dynasty (202 B.C.- A.D. 220) to the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912) are currently on display at the National Museum of China in Beijing. 

Billboard expands its coverage in China’s market

As Billboard expands in Asia, Billboard China, a new edition, has been launched.Mike Van, who was named the new president of Billboard this May, said in an interview with China Daily that, "Billboard is further expanding its coverage in one of the biggest music markets in the world" and the move will be "bringing global pop music to Chinese fans and expose Chinese artists and music to an international audience".
- Advertisement -spot_img